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Cheryl Liebling, Ph.D.

Early and adolescent literacy
Common Core State Standards
Dr. Cheryl Liebling is Senior Advisor for Education Content
Consulting (ECC) at PCG Education. She is responsible for
developing new business, creating intellectual property, expanding
ECCs content expertise, providing oversight for ECCs white paper
publications, and supporting and contributing to ECC projects.
She is currently lead advisor for major funded projects including
Connecticuts Systems of Professional Learning for Common Core
District Teams. Cheryl previously served as the lead advisor for the
New York State English Language Arts Common Core Curriculum
Modules and Related Professional Development for Grades 6-12
and the Tennessee Academic Specialists Program that supports
struggling elementary and secondary schools across Tennessee.
In addition to advising ECC, Dr. Liebling has served as Project
Director for Common Core State Standards, literacy, and Response
to Instruction initiatives in Arkansas, California, Indiana, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.
She was also a principal writer of the K-12 literacy professional
development modules for Floridas statewide Common Core
professional development initiative.
Dr. Liebling brings to PCG 40 years of experience working in early
and adolescent literacy. Prior to joining PCG, she directed the
Ofce of Literacy at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary
Education (ESE), where she led the states highly regarded Reading
First project, including its comprehensive approach to early reading
professional development at the state, regional, district, and school
levels; the state-funded partnership grant program that supports
early and adolescent literacy projects across Massachusetts; and the
Secondary School Reading Project. Dr. Liebling also served as a state
advisor to the Common Core State Standards project and chaired the
Massachusetts Literacy Task Force that produced recommendations
for a P12 Literacy Plan for the Commonwealth. Prior to joining ESE,
Dr. Liebling served as a senior research associate at RMC Research in
Portsmouth, NH; assistant professor of education at Rivier College,
Nashua, NH; and research associate at the Center for the Study of
Reading at BBN Labs, Cambridge, MA.

Throughout her career, Dr. Liebling has published widely on
language and literacy and has presented on a wide range of
literacy topics at numerous national, state, and local meetings.
Most recently, she co-authored two PCG Education white papers:
Universal Design for Learning and the Common Core ELA
Standards: Rigorous Reading and Writing Instruction for All.
(2013), with Barbara Flanagan and Julie Meltzer.
Making a Difference in Student Achievement Using the Common
Core Standards for English Language Arts: What School and
District Leaders Need to Know. (2011), with Julie Meltzer.
Dr. Liebling earned a Ph.D. in language and literacy from the
University of California, Berkeley. She also holds an M.A. in
psychology of school subjects and reading from Columbia University
and a B.A. with Distinction in elementary education from Simmons
College, Boston.
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